The state’s unemployment rate held steady in May at 5.7 percent, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday morning.
Indiana added 4,800 private-sector jobs during the month, with 2,100 of those positions coming in private education and health services. The professional and business services sector added 1,000 jobs.
The DWD said 2,000 previously unemployed Indiana residents returned to the labor force in May, which prevented the seasonally adjusted jobless rate from falling. The rate had dropped in each of the nine previous months.
Indiana had a lower unemployment rate than the United States (6.3 percent), Illinois (7.5 percent), Kentucky (7.7 percent) and Michigan (7.5 percent), but lagged Ohio (5.5 percent).
The non-seasonally adjusted rate in the Indianapolis-Carmel area was 5.3 percent in May, down from 7 percent in May 2013.